Friday, August 08, 2014



By 9:45 a.m. this morning we were on the road heading for University Hospital in London Ontario.  Kelly had an appointment with her liver specialist at 11:30.  We took the Sunfire because we knew the day could get hot & we wanted the option of A/C coming home.  We were in the Doctor’s waiting room 15 minutes early & had a 40 minute wait.   It was after 12 before Kelly got in to see the Doc.  He right away asked her about Arizona & she was surprised that he remembered her connection with the South-West.  All news from the Doctor was good & he told her she could be a poster girl for the medicine URSODIOL because it is working so well for her.  All her numbers looked good.  Ursodiol does not cure the liver problem Kelly has but it does slow it down.  He told her she didn't need to bother having blood tests over the winter while in the States & said he would see her again in April.  All good news:))


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I am always aware how fortunate we are every time we have occasion to visit a hospital.  And it was always brought home to me first hand when I used to be in & out of so many nursing homes & care facilities a few years back with my mobility van job.  Just way too many poor souls in such unfortunate medical circumstances.  Despite all my complaining sometimes I really have nothing to complain about compared to so many.  Reminds me of the old saying, 'I complained I had no shoes........until I met the man who had no feet'.
DSC_0006We are both very pleased with our 04 Pontiac Sunfire's performance & I am surprised at how much torque it has.  Like a jack rabbit off the starting line.  And for a couple old gear jammers like Kelly & I it sure is nice having an automatic transmission for a change.  Last auto tranny we had in a vehicle other than our RV’s was our 99 Dodge Mini-Van which we sold back in 2010.  Only problem with the Sunfire I see is it's lowness to the road.  Not an easy entrance & exit vehicle especially for me but I did enjoy driving it to London & back today.  Oh, & it has a good old knobs & dials radio.  Now how nice is that compared to these new touch screen woodpecking finger blunting touch screens………………….10-4
We left the hospital in London's noon hour rush & all's I can do is shake my head every time I'm in any large city & see the volumes of traffic congestion in those crowded places.  Living in the relaxed rural countryside like we have for the last nearly 20 years sure has shielded us from the realities of those stressful mass civilization places.
GROANER'S CORNER:(( The teacher of the earth science class was lecturing on map reading.  After explaining about latitude, longitude, degrees and minutes the teacher asked, "Suppose I asked you to meet me for lunch at 23 degrees, 4 minutes north latitude and 45 degrees, 15 minutes east longitude?"  After a confused silence, a voice volunteered, "I guess you'd be eating alone."
Q. How many ears does Mr. Spock have?
A. Three. The left ear, the right ear, and the final front ear.  (Groan)
There were two guys on a motorcycle driving down the road. The driver was wearing a leather jacket that didn't have a zipper or any buttons.  Finally he stopped the bike and told the other guy, "I can't drive anymore with the air hitting me in my chest."
After thinking for a while he decided to put the coat on backwards to block the air from hitting him. So they were driving down the road and they came around this curve and wrecked. The farmer that lived there called the police and told them what happened.
The police asked him, "are either of them showing any life signs?"  The farmer then said, "well, that first one was 'till I turned his head around the right way."


  1. Great new that Kelly is responding so well to the treatment.
    We love our Saturn too. But like the Sunfire, it seems to get closer to the ground every year.
    No cities for us either, moved from Toronto in '69 to Kitchener, then Waterloo, then Plattsville in '82, love the small towns and country side.

  2. Good to hear Kelly is doing well.

  3. It's great that Kelly doesn't have to return until April of next year. And what I wouldn't give for a real radio with knobs and dials!

  4. That's the kind of news you want from a doctor. And no visit tip next year, woo-hoo!

  5. It is good to hear Kelly is doing so well. Nothing to get in the way of a great Southwest visit this winter.

  6. That is great news for Kelly. I know it made you happy also.

    Funny how you had a 85 Fiero and quickly got rid of it, I drove mine today. You bought a Grand Caravan and quickly got rid of it, Kathy is driving our 19 year old one today.

    We both had Yamaha 750 Virago motorcycles, I drove mine 38,000 miles. Did you like yours?

  7. Very good news for Kelly--love that "good news" photo of her!

  8. Hurray, Kelly!! So nice to hear you got some good numbers:)


  9. What good good news! So happy for you Kelly, and Al too. Now you can get down to some serious planning.


  10. Hip, hip hooray for Kelly and the great news !!!! Thrilled the medication is a plus along the way ..... Looks like the FUN continues without added blood work appointments.... Now that is progress !!! Glad the new car is a winner !!!!

  11. Answered prayers! And many of us have prayed for good news!

    I have found with our low to the ground Miata that if I sit in the seat then rotate, bringing my legs in after sitting is so helpful. Getting out is opposite. Hope that helps!

    Again, so thankful for Kelly's great report.

  12. It' not how it drives, it's how it fits. That' what a sales man said to me when I bought an M G midget some years ago.

    I love getting out of our Jeep. Getting into it is stil a bit of a twist and sit.

  13. Good health news is the best good news of all!! Medicine that works is a blessing and I'll bet her happy life is a big factor in the good numbers :-))))

  14. Good news for Kelly. Now you can start seriously packing. ;)

  15. Glad to hear such good news for Kelly. It's wonderful to be happy with your medical care as so many are not. I share your feelings about city traffic. Having been 23 miles from the nearest town for over 30 years we were used to the very rural life. We avoid cities in our travels now but had to come to the Denver suburbs to see my 93 year old father. 4 days is all I can take. Back to the boonies for me. Also hate those touch screens. You and I think alike.